Before You Go

How To Avoid Wildlife Accidents This Season

We’ve all seen yellow warning signs about wildlife crossings. The danger is a real--and potentially expensive--problem for drivers on rural roads. Here are some tips for preserving local fauna and preventing your vehicle from ending up in a ditch.

How To Talk To Teens About Safe Driving

Halloween can be an especially dangerous time for teen drivers, with more pedestrians crossing neighborhood streets and early nights decreasing visibility.

Learn the best ways to communicate with your young drivers.

Belts and Hoses: Your Engine's Unsung Heroes

Who ever really thinks about engine belts and hoses when they’re driving?

Yet, it is those critical but forgotten parts that can leave your vehicle stranded on a remote roadway. The numerous belts and hoses are critical to many operations drivers take for granted, from keeping your engine cool to recirculating air in the passenger compartment.

What Does That Dashboard Warning Light Mean?

That “check engine light” could be over something as innocent as a loose-fitting gas cap. Or it could be an early warning of a crisis to come.

Either way, a trip to the technician should be imminent whenever a warning icon lights up your dashboard.

“The longer you ignore the light, the more likely it is to negatively impact your vehicle and snowball into additional, more costly repairs,” said Kristin Brocoff, a spokesperson for CarMD, a vehicle diagnostic software manufacturer.

Worn Brakes Frays Driver Safety

You're driving down a steep mountain pass in the middle of summer and apply slight pressure against the brake pedal. As your vehicle approaches a curve, you push down harder but your brakes don't respond properly.

"Heat build-up makes the braking system less effective," said Tony Molla, vice president of the National Automotive Service Association. "It could get to the point where the brakes don't work at all, especially if your brake pads are worn down."

Dog-proof your car

How to Dog Proof Your Car for Holiday Travels

Man’s best friend makes a great travel companion, but to make the most of your travels together, it’s a good idea to dog-proof your car. Here are five easy steps to doing that:

Three Ways to Make Tires Last Longer

An underinflated tire poses a safety risk and also wears out faster. Can you rely on tire warning lights in your dashboard? No really. Here's why.